Since it's a submerged heater and a Visitherm, It should be a sealed unit and not subject to condensation.
I would assume that it's bad or going bad, and I'd replace it right away. No point in risking the tank getting too hot or too cold due to a heater.
My personal preference would be an Eheim Jager heater, but I don't see anything wrong with the Aqueon. After I had a bad experience, I'd never get another Visitherm.
Last edited by DaveK; 12-10-2012 at 01:00 AM..
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